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University of Colorado Hospital's UEXCEL Practice Role Descriptions

LEVEL I

The level I professional registered nurse is an entry level Advanced Beginner nurse who has graduated from an accredited baccalaureate or advanced level entry into practice program. The Level I UEXCEL nurse is responsible for mastering the knowledge and skills necessary for competent Level II nursing practice within one year of beginning employment at University of Colorado Hospital. The Level I nurse is a participant of the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program.

LEVEL II

The level II professional registered nurse is an experienced clinician who is Competent to care for complex patients. The Level II nurse demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively on the healthcare team, incorporate research and continuing education into practice, and participates on the team to improve the quality of care in the designated clinical area. Level II RNs also include clinical nurses who are completing their first year of practice as members of the Post-Baccalaureate Residency Program.

LEVEL III

The professional registered nurse is an Advanced, Proficient nurse who demonstrates advanced knowledge and skill caring for complex patients and is a recognized leader in the clinical area. The Level III nurse takes an active role in contributing to improved patient outcomes, education and management. The Level III nurse functions as a leader primarily within the designated unit or clinical area, although may participate in professional activities extending within the hospital and to the external environment.

LEVEL IV

The Level IV registered professional nurse demonstrates Expert clinical skills and is regarded as a clinical authority and resource both within the unit as well as the hospital. The Level IV clinical nurse assumes a significant degree of responsibility and leadership for education, outcomes and management in addition to practice, and acts as a mentor and resource to others. The Level IV professional nurse is active and contributes professionally beyond the hospital environment to the community.